Preview: Salford City v Leeds United

Preview: Salford City v Leeds United

We analyse Tuesday’s clash.

Leeds United make the trip across the Pennines to take on League Two opposition Salford City on Tuesday (7:45pm) in the first round of the Carabao Cup.  The tie is the first ever meeting between the two sides, following Salford’s dramatic rise through Non-League to the Football League over recent years. Leeds will be looking to progress to the second round for the fourth consecutive season, whilst this is Salford’s first ever match in the competition.


Manager/head coach

Salford City: Graham Alexander

Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa


League position

Salford City: 11th (League Two)

Leeds United: 3rd (Championship)


Top scorer

Salford City: Emmanuel Dieseruvwe (2)

Leeds United: Pablo Hernandez (2)


Head to head

This is the first meeting between the two clubs.


Team news

There are no fresh injury concerns for Leeds however the Whites are still without injured duo Luke Ayling and Tyler Roberts.  New signings Illan Meslier and Eddie Nketiah could be handed debuts in the match.  Salford captain Liam Hogan is doubtful, after missing the first two games of the season with injury.


The key battle

Helder Costa v Carl Piergianni

New summer signing Helder Costa could start his first game in a Leeds shirt. Costa has made two substitute appearances so far and the tricky winger will be looking to cause problems in the Salford defence. Carl Piergianni will be the main man trying to stop Costa in his tracks.


Latest odds

Salford City: 11/2

Draw: 16/5

Leeds United: 1/2

(Odds correct at time of article published)